Recently I caught up with a very talented filmmaker who has the ability to bring stories alive on the Big Screen.
Meet Florian Schott, a German born filmmaker who has been based in Namibia since 2009.
He got his start as a First Assistant Director and has worked in films since 2002 and worldwide including Europe, Africa, South America and Antarctica.
Florian wrote, produced and directed self-financed Short Film Everything Happens for a Reason which won the Afrinolly Short Film Competition in Nigeria in 2014, as well as the awards for Best Director and Best Editor at the 2014 Namibian Theatre & Film Awards.
In 2015, Florian directed and co-wrote his first Feature Film Katutura which has become the most successful Namibian film to date.
I have watched it several times and it has a cult status following like Scarface or The Godfather in Namibia.
It screened at various international film festivals and won seven Awards at the 2017 Namibian Theatre & Film Awards, including Best Narrative Film, Audience Choice, Best Script, and Best Director.
In 2019, Florian directed and co-wrote Short Film Baxu and the Giants which won multiple international Awards including Best Foreign Narrative at the San Francisco Independent Short Film Festival, Best Director at the 2020 Dreamanila International Film Festival, and three awards at the 2019 Namibian Theatre & Film Awards. It also became the first Namibian film on Netflix.
Florian has also worked in television, directing select episodes of long-running crime series for German television. He currently has two feature films and a limited African television series in development.
What's the way forward for this Maestro filmmaker you ask me?
Well, it be winning an Oscar for Best Picture of course!
Watch BAXU AND THE GIANTS on NETFLIX
Watch KATUTURA: youtube.com/watch?v=kDnqU7sg7DE